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Theodor Frederick Hiebert
BISIA 319
Bothell Campus

Interdisciplinary Arts

Investigates relationships between the study and making of art. Explores connections among written, visual, and performance arts and engages their intellectual, social, and aesthetic dimensions.

Class description

SPRING 2012: INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTS

Ours is a culture of interactivity, of self-directed engagement and user-generated content, where many creative choices are ours to make and shape. And yet, we also live in a world of interpretation - a world where media-saturation creates an expectation of immersion and spectacle to which we are held accountable. Between the two, an arena of participation is created - a place where rules and regulations meet their possibilities for creative reinterpretation, where established tradition meets the imagination, and where ways of understanding are subject to remix and reinvention. This is the world of interdisciplinary arts - a world where there are few rules and fewer conditions - yet one where the social gesture is that which relates the spectacle of creativity to the imaginations of others.

This course explores the arena of contemporary interdisciplinary arts, from visual and media arts to performative, conceptual and relational practices. Considerable attention will be placed on the cultivation of, and engagement with questions of interdisciplinarity and the imagination, mediated through the work of artists and theorists who engage these concepts in their work. Students will be expected to develop individualized projects, perspectives and ideas in the context of readings, class discussions and media presentations.

Student learning goals

learn strategies for self-directed arts practices, both written and visual;

begin to cultivate a critical imagination and the ability to translate abstract concepts into artistic form;

explore some of the contexts of interdisciplinary arts production today, both social and theoretical;

develop critical, interpretive and reflective skills for engagement with interdisciplinary arts practices.

General method of instruction

This course will be content-driven, discussing aspects of theory and context as they relate to interdisciplinary arts practices. There will be a combination of lectures, readings, discussions and in-class project presentation. Students will be expected to develop their own perspectives, informed by readings, discussions and resources provided in class.

Please Note: This is not a course on skill-acquisition -- this is an introduction to interdisciplinary artistic and conceptual method. While some elements of technique will be discussed, the focus of the course is on developing projects and perspectives of your own. Students will be expected to be largely self-directed in technical learning, supported by campus technical resources and staff, and by individualized project-specific guidance. Available campus resources, supported practices and off-campus alternatives will be discussed in class.

Recommended preparation

No advanced preparation is required for this class.

Class assignments and grading

Grades will be based on a combination of writing, arts production and participation in class discussions and critiques. A portion of the final grade will be based on artworks produced for the course.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Theodor Frederick Hiebert
Date: 01/23/2012